Éric Lacrouts, violinist
Éric Lacrouts was born in a family of musicians. He started studying the piano and the violin at the age of six. He received the highest awards in violin (in Jacques Ghestem’s class) and in chamber music (in Régis Pasquier’s and Itamar Golan ‘s classes) at the Paris CNSM Conservatoire, where he then joined the very selective advanced courses.
At the end of his studies in France, he honed his technique to perfection with such great masters as Igor Oistrakh, Yair Kless, Hermann Krebbers, Philippe Hirshorn and Joseph Silverstein.
As Leader of the Opéra National de Paris orchestra since 2003, he has approached the great works of the opera and symphony repertoire under the baton of the most famous directors (Solti, Osawa, Gergiev, Boulez, Salonen, Bychkov, Prêtre…). He also collaborates with numerous composers for their creations.
As the first violin of the Psophos Quartet, he plays in various European festivals, among artists such as Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giurana, Antonio Meneses, Régis et Bruno Pasquier, Denis Pascal et Cédric Tiberghien. He has created works written for him by Lucien Guérinel, Gérard Gastinel and Emmanuel Séjourné. He is also a founding member of the Jean Baptiste Vuillaume String Trio together with his brother Cyrille Lacrouts and Pierre Lenert.
The recording of Ysaye sonatas for solo violin have been praised by music reviewers (Diapason, Classica, Resmusica…).
He has been a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, directed by Valery Gergiev, since the summer of 2010.
He plays a violin made by Pietro Guarneri of Venezia (1730) and a bow crafted by Christian Barthe (2005).